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Postby Surfs up » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:17 am

Don't look now but Brian Meadows is 5 for 5 in save chances. He's not over powering but has been getting the job done.Don't forget Danny Kolb saved about 50 plus games in a year and a half with throwing 95 mph. So did Todd Jones. They are working with Seth McClung in the minors who does throw hard but is wild.Anybody looking for cheap saves might want to take a look. Even if you only get a handful its better then nothing and could mean the difference in your league.
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Postby AmericanShipbuilding » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:27 am

He's owned in 97.7 percent of ESPN leagues, so it's not like he's widely available to anyone looking for cheap saves.
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Postby sportsguy138 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:43 am

he should already be owned in most leagues..

if hes available pick him up though ;-D
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Postby stumpak » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:54 am

As a side note, it sounds like McClrug is doing pretty well in AAA. If they are truely grooming him to be a closer, it makes sense ti give him a shot as the summer progresses. I would not rate Meadow's job security to be tremendously high since 1) he is not very good and will probably blow up at some point and 2) he is not considered the long-term solution.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:01 am

McClung is not pitching in late game situations. The guy I'd look out for is Juan Salas. 3B converted pitcher

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Postby MrSnider » Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:48 pm

Are you sure McClung isn't throwing in the 9th? Both the St. Pete Times and the Orlando Sentinel have indicated that the Rays envision him as their closer.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:26 pm

McClung came in the 9th in a losing game last time out but when he was first sent down he worked in long relief.
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Postby Havok1517 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:36 pm

I really doubt Salas will be closing anytime soon. He only has 1 major league quality pitch, his 95 fastball, though I'm hearing good things about his recently added slider this year. McClung has 3 or 4 pitches with one of them being a 100mph fastaball and I know TB doesn't want to not waste his skills.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:42 pm

Havok1517 wrote:I really doubt Salas will be closing anytime soon. He only has 1 major league quality pitch, his 95 fastball, though I'm hearing good things about his recently added slider this year. McClung has 3 or 4 pitches with one of them being a 100mph fastaball and I know TB doesn't want to not waste his skills.


McClung need to build up his confidence first. And it's really hard for Tampa to ignore whatever scoreless inning streak Salas is on.
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Postby Tommy John » Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:17 pm

Salas and his slider looked good in the Futures Game

Like you said, he is a converted 3B and is 27 so who knows how much lack of experience will play in his future of being called up or not
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